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MDST 378 World Cinema

An opportunity for students to explore the world, world cultures and film traditions, and world issues through films from around the globe. The goal is to enrich students' film and cultural understanding of selected parts of the contemporary world.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 21, 2009 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of world cinema.
  • Develop analytic criteria for evaluation of films.
  • Improve critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Advance in oral and written forms, arguments true in support of the aesthetic and contextual qualities of a particular film at an advanced level.
  • Understand and can synthesize aesthetic and critical principles of cinema in relationship to film traditions and world issues at an intermediate level.
  • Understand film theory and technique, including basic film terms, structures, elements, genres, and themes; discover and understand what makes some films work and some not by analyzing foreign films.
  • Deepen cultural understanding by exploring how film is a lens or prism used to view and editorialize events and era across the globe.
  • Engage students on selected issues shared worldwide and issues specific to other parts of the contemporary world.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

Summer 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 World Cinema Bandow, Jeremy David Books Course details